Recalls in the automotive world are more common than you might expect. At the beginning of February Tesla was forced to recall 135,000 vehicles over media control units (MCU). Now, it looks like Mercedes-Benz USA is suffering the same fate, but on a much larger scale.
According to Reuters, the German automaker has announced that it will be recalling 1.29 million vehicles sold since 2016 because of a software issue. The software issue is quite significant because it could prevent vehicles from sending their location to emergency services after a car crash.
Mercedes recalls more than a million vehicles after finding a bug in its emergency software https://t.co/Ng8lAq6jMl
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) February 16, 2021
As you would imagine, not having the ability to automatically send your location after you’ve been in a crash can prove to be deadly.
According to Mercedes, the problem is caused by a temporary collapse of the communication module’s power supply when the vehicle is involved in a crash. This might lead to the vehicle’s position during an emergency call being incorrect.
The vehicles Mercedes-Benz will be recalling covers some 2016 through 2021 model year CLA-Class, GLA-Class, GLE-Class, GLS-Class, SLC-Class, A-Class, GT-Class, C-Class, E-Class, S-Class, CLS-Class, SL-Class, B-Class, GLB-Class, GLC-Class, and G-Class vehicles, according to Reuters.
The automaker said it will solve this problem by issuing a software update that can be installed by dealers or over the air for certain vehicles that allow for over-the-air updates.
Mercedes confirmed that it is unaware of any personal injury or material damage caused by the software issue. It remains unclear when exactly the update will be made available.